What to do in a road rage incident

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  • Saturday, 07 Nov 2015

WHEN you come face to face with a road bully, always stay calm.

Jot down the number plate of the “aggressive” driver and lodge a police report as soon as possible.

This is the advice of Kajang police chief Asst Comm Willey Richard in view of the rise in road rage cases of late.

ACP Willey said drivers, particularly women, should not get down from their car if they were threatened or felt intimidated by the “aggressor”.

“Do not confront a road bully on your own, instead stay in the car.

“Jot down the time, place, make and number plate of the car driven by the road bully and then, drive straight to the nearest police station to lodge a report.

“Let us take it from there,” he told StarMetro.

ACP Willey urged drivers not to challenge the aggressor or “take the law in your own hands”.

He said if possible, get an eyewitness to the incident to come forward and assist in the probe.

“We will investigate the case under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation.

“No one is above the law and I urge motorists to come forward to lodge a report if they encounter a road bully.

“If they keep quiet, these road bullies will be more daring,” he said.

ACP Willey said motorists could also record the entire incident with their mobile phone or car camera as supporting evidence.

He said police would act swiftly and take the necessary action.

Criminal intimidation provides a jail term of up to two years or a fine or both, upon conviction.

Motorist Elaine Koh, 42, of Bandar Mahkota Cheras, related her recent experience when a road bully suddenly overtook her car and tried to intimidate her near the Sungai Long junction.

Koh said the driver of the other car purposely stopped in front of her car and did not move.

She had earlier honked at him for cutting into her lane dangerously.

“When I tried to swerve to the left lane, the driver did the same.

“After a few minutes, the driver finally drove off,” she said, adding that the incident caught her off guard and she was not able to jot down the number plate to lodge a report.

Recently, a British national was charged with two counts of criminal intimidation in a road rage incident on the North-South Expressway.

Kenneth George Mcgruer, 40, a director of an employment agency, pleaded not guilty to both charges in the Kajang magistrate’s court.

On the first count, the Briton was charged with threatening car driver Dzulzalali Iqram Osman, 30, with the intention to cause injury.

On the second count, he was charged with smashing the windscreen of the car.

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